As revealed by a new study conducted by a group of researchers, one in fifteen people suffering from an opioid overdose would likely die within one year of recovery. Even after recovering from the condition, such people are estimated to lose their life due to ailments such as cancer and circulation issues. This new study has reportedly come from the Columbia University.
Between the years 2001 and 2007, near about seventy-six thousand three hundred twenty-five people reportedly were admitted in hospitals for the condition of opioid overdoses. Out of those near about five thousand one hundred ninety-four people reportedly died just within one year. Out of the total deaths, around a quarter, was caused by the use of the drug itself. But near about seventy- five percent of the deaths happened due to other reasons. The most commons reasons of death after recovery from drug overdose include- issues related to the heart, circulatory system, and cancer.
The lead author of this study, Dr. Mark Olfson, said in a statement, “Understanding this pattern I think changes our perspective on this population and allows us to understand that they’re quite medically frail.”
Some deaths that occurred after recovery from opioid overdose were also caused due to hepatitis and HIV. Deaths from these two health issues were higher in case of those people who used drugs through injections.
However, many deaths that happened from the other diseases also killed people belonging to a specific group. As said by Dr. Olfson, “Some people have opioid overdoses because they’ve started on prescription opioids to manage serious underlying chronic diseases.” There also exists a broad crossover between the users taking opioid through injections and cancer patients as smoking that is a key cancer threat, is very common among the users of these drugs. This pattern highlights a fact that often goes unconsidered, which is, often drugs aren’t the single health issue facing the people who are addicted.
Usually, the medical specialists encourage such people to visit rehabs and medically-assisted therapies (MAT) to eliminate the addiction that follows their overdoses. However, as said by Dr. Olfson, the process doesn’t tend to address all the issues that these patients have during that time.